French: Tchitrec des Mascareignes German: Maskarenenparadiesschnäpper Spanish: Monarca de las Mascareñas
Reunion, Mascarene Islands
Subspecies and Distribution
T. b. bourbonnensis
(Statius Müller, 1776) – Reunion.
T. b. desolata
(Salomonsen, 1933) – Mauritius.
15–20 cm. Lacks the long central tail feathers common to most paradise-flycatchers. Male nominate race has black cap, thin grey neckband, dull chestnut upperparts,... read more
Three types of vocalization known: male song a descending whistled trill with notes grouped in... read more
Primary forest, forest edge, secondary growth, plantations, sometimes gardens. On Mauritius, race... read more
Food and feeding
Insects; no detailed studies, but beetles (Coleoptera), flies (Diptera), lacewings (Neuroptera), dragonflies (Odonata), moths (Lepidoptera... read more
Season Aug–Jan/Feb (peak Oct–Nov) on Mauritius at sea-level (no data for upland areas); on Reunion breeds Sept–Dec, with... read more
Resident. On Mauritius, at least in 1970s, juveniles dispersed over relatively large distances.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES III. Restricted-range species: present in Réunion EBA and Mauritius EBA. On Reunion, common and widespread in 19th century, some retreat from... read more
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